Japan finds stainless steel particles in suspended Moderna shots, health risk low
TOKYO, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Japan's health ministry said on Wednesday that contaminants found in suspended Moderna Inc COVID-19 vaccines were particles of stainless steel, and it did not expect they would pose an additional health risk. nL1N2Q10IY
The findings were the result of an investigation by Moderna and domestic distributor Takeda Pharmaceutical Co, the health ministry said in a statement.
"Stainless steel is routinely used in heart valves, joint replacements and metal sutures and staples. As such, it is not expected that injection of the particles identified in these lots in Japan would result in increased medical risk," Takeda Pharmaceutical said in a statement.
(Reporting by Rocky Swift; Editing by Andrew Heavens)